With 400sq. miles of oyster beds and over 4,000 years in the trade, it’s no surprise the Kingdom of Bahrain is at the heart of the Gulf’s pearling past. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain invites guests on a quest to discover the power of the pearl, as they indulge in traditional spa treatments, explore the vibrant souks, spice markets and cobbled ramparts of Manama, and dive for their own treasured pearl on a private expedition.
The journey starts in the hotel’s sea-inspired spa retreat, where minerals from the Dead Sea, thalassotherapy – the use of seawater as a therapy – and plunge pools are among the water-inspired treatments. Scents such as Argan oil, Muscat oil, rose and amber are used throughout rituals, which draw on ancient Arabic practices; try a traditional hammam or revitalise sun-kissed skin with a Radiance and Renewal Facial. For a truly traditional experience, take the Secrets of Argan Journey; the whole body is cleansed deeply before warm Argan oil is massaged into the skin.
From the spa to the seabed, travellers can take part in the centuries-old trade, as they dive for their own precious pearl. The hotel can arrange for guests to take part in their very own quest, as they venture out to sea, don a snorkel and dive toward the seabed in search of the Kingdom’s iridescent gem. Take your loot back to the surface and open the oyster’s decadent shell – explorers lucky enough to find a pearl can take it home as a keepsake or head to the souks and have it made into a delicate ring wrapped with Bahraini gold.
In the heart of Manama, the Kingdom’s vibrant capital, the ancient Gold Souk drips with silver, gold and precious stones. Take your pearl into the souk for a private consultation and create your own piece of jewellery with authentic Bahraini gold – the ultimate souvenir. Head into the heart of the colourful souks, a warren of narrow streets and alleyways, to discover traditional textiles, spice markets and exotic eateries. History-lovers can follow the Bahrain Pearling Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of seventeen houses around the city of Muharraq, as well as three offshore oyster beds and the Bu Maher Fort.
Back at the hotel, toast your experience with dinner at La Table Krug by Y, an intimate dining experience in collaboration with Krug Champagne. Unique to this corner of the world, the experiences found at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain – much like the precious pearls – are curated to be treasured forever. And, with souvenirs to last a lifetime, they undoubtably will be.
Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain start from £210 per night, including breakfast.
For more information or to book, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/middle-east/bahrain/